Carl Robinson announced in his column in Welsh newspaper Country Times that he has agreed to a new deal with Toronto FC. The Welsh midfielder stated that he has not yet signed the deal, but that he and Toronto general manager Mo Johnston have verbally agreed to Robinson's return.
"This is and was a massive decision for me and my family as this will probably see me never come back to England to play again," Robinson wrote. "Since being in Toronto I've absolutely loved my time there, enjoying my football so much that my love for the game and desire is still as high as ever."
Robinson touted the Canadian fans as one of the major reasons he decided to return to Major League Soccer.
"I keep telling people what it is like over in Toronto, and how crazy and great the fans are, and I think now people are starting to understand one of my reasons why I'm extending my stay," Robinson said in his column. "I know every player says this, but after playing for some top clubs in my career I can honestly say I've never seen anything like them -- their passion, devotion and support is unbelievable."
Robinson joined Toronto in 2007 and has played in 53 matches in his first two years with the club. The 32-year-old started 27 games for Toronto in 2008 and is one of the most experienced players on the roster.
Robinson is also looking forward to 2009, saying that the team will need to play well next season to repay the fans for their loyal support.
"I want to win things, and really do believe this next year coming will be big for us, names being mentioned suggest exciting times ahead for TFC," the Welshman said.
Excitement for Toronto FC in 2009 is well-founded. Danny Dichio is another popular player who also decided to rejoin the club for another season. The big English forward played in 23 matches for Toronto last year and tallied five goals. Joining Dichio and Robinson will be hometown superstar Dwayne De Rosario, who should generate even more interest in the team from the Toronto faithful.
Toronto will be looking to avoid another last place finish in the East. The re-signing of Robinson seems to be just another step in TFC's ambitious rebuilding process. -- Goal.com